American Literature · Anthology · Classic · Collection · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry

Jack Gilbert

It is not about the spirit.
The spirit dances, comes and goes. But the soul
is nailed to us like lentils and fatty bacon lodged
under the ribs. What lasted is what the soul ate.

— Jack Gilbert, from “The Spirit and the Soul,” The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)

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